Video Production - Big dreamer and hard worker seeking advice

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Hi! I'm Andra.
I am passionate about Video Production. I've made over 1k videos so far, some of them were small videos like testimonials, mini commercials. And the other ones were more professional: green screen videos, 3D website presentations, promotional videos, spokesperson video, tutorial videos etc.

Ok, so what am I doing here? I want more money. I want to take my services to the next level. Although now I am earning about $2000 per month, I know that my services worth much much much more. I am a hard worker but only with the things I really like and with the projects I believe in.

The question for you is: What would you do if you were me? What would you do if you would have all the tools needed for video production: professional green screen, lightning kits, professional microphone, skills in video editing softwares (after effects + premiere), an experienced spokesperson (me) ? How would you take advantage of all this experience, skills and tools to make big money?

I am writing here cause I feel like my head is exploding haha. Have dozens of thoughts, ideas and I am like a newbie who wants to try everything and can't decide which way to go to.

Happy to be here!

Thanks in advance
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  • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
    Originally Posted by andramarketing View Post

    Hi! I'm Andra.
    I am passionate about Video Production. I've made over 1k videos so far, some of them were small videos like testimonials, mini commercials. And the other ones were more professional: green screen videos, 3D website presentations, promotional videos, spokesperson video, tutorial videos etc.

    Ok, so what am I doing here? I want more money. I want to take my services to the next level. Although now I am earning about $2000 per month, I know that my services worth much much much more. I am a hard worker but only with the things I really like and with the projects I believe in.

    The question for you is: What would you do if you were me? What would you do if you would have all the tools needed for video production: professional green screen, lightning kits, professional microphone, skills in video editing softwares (after effects + premiere), an experienced spokesperson (me) ? How would you take advantage of all this experience, skills and tools to make big money?

    I am writing here cause I feel like my head is exploding haha. Have dozens of thoughts, ideas and I am like a newbie who wants to try everything and can't decide which way to go to.

    Happy to be here!

    Thanks in advance
    Corporate training is a multi-billion dollar industry.

    ONLINE training has exploded. MOOC.

    MOOC

    ONE corporate customer, will increase your bottom line.

    Might "partner" up with corporate trainer, the soft skills market is booming.

    How to get customers?

    Make a video, self promote and find someone with great skills, a "presence" and build out from a Udemy course.

    Your skill set is way to high to be making such a small amount of money.

    You are much more valuable than that.

    gjabiz

    PS. Make a few short videos about a product you use, like or love and be the spokesperson and contact their corporate headquarters to see if they want to use it or you.

    This may give you some ideas:
    http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/trai...?startid=28#/0
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    • Profile picture of the author andramarketing
      Originally Posted by gjabiz View Post

      Corporate training is a multi-billion dollar industry.

      ONLINE training has exploded. MOOC.

      MOOC

      ONE corporate customer, will increase your bottom line.

      Might "partner" up with corporate trainer, the soft skills market is booming.

      How to get customers?

      Make a video, self promote and find someone with great skills, a "presence" and build out from a Udemy course.

      Your skill set is way to high to be making such a small amount of money.

      You are much more valuable than that.

      gjabiz

      PS. Make a few short videos about a product you use, like or love and be the spokesperson and contact their corporate headquarters to see if they want to use it or you.

      This may give you some ideas:
      Training Industry Magazine - Winter 2015 - Key Trends for 2015: Transforming the Training Function
      gjabiz, Thank you very much!!!
      Researching now
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  • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
    gjabiz is right on the corporate route.

    You can also do an online training course on video marketing or video production.

    Look at what Mike Koenigs did in the past...search his stuff.

    Look at his model. Study his funnel...learn...deploy.

    Most things come down to positioning.

    Position yourself as the expert and then deliver a simple promise to a hungry market.

    I've seen several success stories unfold in front of me as there is applied focus to a specific goal.

    Work out your goal....focus....work at it....succeed.

    There is still plenty of growth in understanding the skills you have experienced.

    best of luck,

    Ozi
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by andramarketing View Post


    The question for you is: What would you do if you were me? What would you do if you would have all the tools needed for video production: professional green screen, lightning kits, professional microphone, skills in video editing softwares (after effects + premiere), an experienced spokesperson (me) ? How would you take advantage of all this experience, skills and tools to make big money?

    I am writing here cause I feel like my head is exploding haha. Have dozens of thoughts, ideas and I am like a newbie who wants to try everything and can't decide which way to go to.

    Happy to be here!

    Thanks in advance
    Well Iam not you and do not have the experience or expertise in this area like you ( some I hope Im not being intrusive lol).
    But if I was you I would take those skills ,and as Gordon kind of inferreds, promote your own self/product/brand.

    I do think you limit yourself as someone who is doing a service for others.

    You have tremendous energy ( so it seems) so transfer those skills along with your video skills towards something that will promote your own personal brand.

    You are ahead of tons of successful entrepreneurs with skills you have now.

    Concentrate on building that. If I had the skills and time I would concentrate on virility maybe with Facebook and social media. I mean if you can whip out high quality,clever videos over and over again you can start potentially excelling at this.
    Also a Youtube channel is another avenue

    Experiment with stuff. It sounds like you want to be in the Video Market with offering services in that area ( which is great) but what if you utilize those skills to also pursue a personal Niche outside of this that you love. And just go to town with tons of quality videos

    Potential goldmine, imo


    - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author whatsaffiliate
    Try adding your services to fiverr.com. People who do not like making videos will pay you to do it. You put the price.
    Another suggesstion is start an email list, about how to do videos and more. Information products are growing more and more every year.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by whatsaffiliate View Post

      Try adding your services to fiverr.com. People who do not like making videos will pay you to do it. You put the price.
      Another suggesstion is start an email list, about how to do videos and more. Information products are growing more and more every year.
      DO NOT LIST YOUR TALENTS UNDER FIVERR , They are to good for that site

      Like they have all written above Corporate is the way to go , from 2008-2012 I made Corporate videos and PLR videos the latter being my money tree but the corporate can bring the bucks just not so often

      During the time I was making 20-25k a month so there is money to be made Andrea there are sites if you do some google search or I will PM you so you have someone to talk shop to lol
      Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author mycleanhouse
    Did you try freelancing for large companies, they pay good...
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  • Profile picture of the author Mattdawg841
    Hey Andra!

    You sound like a video making ROCKSTAR! So congrats on that

    If you really want to make more of the monies, like mentioned above, you need to start promoting yourself. The best thing I think you should do is to have some of the people you made movies for do a quick testimonial for you (nothing beats social proof).

    Then put together (or have someone put together) a website. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but should showcase your skills with the videos. So definitely include a couple of example clips or something like that.

    Now that you have a website showcasing your skills and packed with social proof, spend a few bucks and drive some traffic to it through Facebook or ppc so people looking for what you offer will be able to check out your site!

    Let me know if you need any tips for driving traffic or anything online marketing and I hope that helps! Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author reachintan
    Hi Andra,


    I would suggest you to start a video blog of your own where you not only share your work and services, but also write your opinion on YouTube videos that you see as well as provide reviews on the same.

    You can even read out this article that will help you escalate the popularity of your videos:

    14 Ways to Promote Your Latest YouTube Video


    With Regards,
    Chintan
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  • Profile picture of the author drdurham77
    Hi Andra,

    What about using your skills to sell your own videos?

    Or, how about using your video creation skills in conjunction with YouTube to sell other people's stuff. E.g. affiliate style marketing (clickbank, peerfly). Or via Amazon on their Fulfillment by Amazon service.

    Regards,
    David.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bridgen
    How about if you put a course together on how you make the videos. also how you are using the videos in affiliate marketing. I also make my own videos and I am helping a few people with advise. works very well Give it a try I could even be your first customer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marvin Lex
    The thread is already filled with good advice. Another thing to consider is the price you charge. You created over 1k videos for business-type clients and that equals to 2k/month? Maybe you don't need to find many new customers, but rather charge the customers you get higher.
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  • Profile picture of the author andramarketing
    Woww, I did not leave the building I just did not expect so many answers. But I'm back now!! Thank you all for all your answers. Really inspired me and I am very excited for the next steps.

    Well, what I've been doing this week: I started writing a course about Video Production which includes everything I've learned so far:
    * tips and tricks for beginners with low budget (how to improvise and make their video look professional even with cheap equipment, I know that because I've started with almost nothing)
    + what I've learned so far about content writing (how to make a review content + a corporate content + a selling video content)
    + how to earn your first $$$ with these video skills
    + how to build a home teleprompter under $35
    + green screen setup basic stuff
    + some video capturing while I am editing some of my videos: turning a green screen video into something really cool with 3D background etc
    + audio, lighting, camera settings adjustments even with low light conditions

    This course will be very specific, fully original. I had no clue that I've gathered so many knowledge in this niche, I was just keep writing and writing.

    I know if I introduce an affiliate marketing subcategory in my course, would be fantastic for selling. BUT, I want it to be real, not scam-like: "how to earn thousands of $ with videos using affiliate marketing" Any thoughts?

    Thanks!! Hope you have an amazing day !!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Originally Posted by andramarketing View Post

      Any thoughts?

      You have a skill set and experience that few people have. Which means you have an advantage and a headstart in the marketplace.

      I would first think about, ponder, dream about the type of business and lifestyle you would enjoy. Do you like being in the videos? Do you like creating the video scripts? Do you enjoy working with clients? Writing?

      Don't worry about the money right now - it will come when you do what you love and excite the people that want what you offer.

      Figure out the parts of video creation that you enjoy doing. When you understand that, it will serve to guide you into the type of business and income creation that will be fulfilling for you.

      When you know "what floats your boat" then I would undertake to do some marketplace research to find out if "that thing" (whatever it is) is really in demand in the marketplace. You are trying to validate that what you want to offer is being asked for by your potential audience.

      I hope this makes sense. Find demand in the marketplace, fill it with a product or service that you really enjoy spending your time on, and you will have the basis of a solid business. It will be the springboard for as much money as you care to make.

      The very best to you,

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Nico Puegher
    Hi Andra,

    You didn't say what exactly are you doing now for the $2.000 per month but I will try my best to give you some good ideas.

    First, Fiverr can be a good thing to add into your business, videos are on demand and most of them are pretty easy to, make a GiG or more around your topic for example doing a review for something, presentation, etc. On Fiverr you need quantity because you are not going to do a lot of money per sale unless you add more extra GiGs to your actual GiG but I will recommend to wait for a while until you feel more familiar with how it works, like how much time you need for a client and how much money you're making doing it. Then you can start thinking about how to get better adding extra featured to make more money per sale. You can also start building an email list from clients here.

    Another option is having a blog, you can start teaching your awesome techniques while you promote yourself as a brand, provide value to your audience and help them as much as you can. Give them great content about softwares, techniques, hardware, light, voice, etc. With a blog you can promote different things too, maybe you can join some affiliate programs related to your content and add banners to your blog. You can even create your own products like advanced tutorials, webinars, ebooks and sell them to your audience.

    Building an email list from your blog is something you should be doing, giving something for free with tons of value to start building your email list so you can create a relationship with your leads and turn them into regular clients it's the main goal here.

    The last option you have is going for freelance, there're sites like Freelancer, Upwork, Envato where you can sell your service and works. On Freelancer and Upwork you can promote your self and send proposal to different job posts and if you can make the difference from the rest the client will hire. You need to understand how bids works, you have free accounts with limited bids, depending on the job you will spend more or less bids to send a proposal, as a new user go for easy jobs with the initial stage tag so you invest the lowest bids possible. When you have experience, feedback and reputation in your profile, you can start looking for some advanced jobs and better paid.

    If you're more serious about it, you can have a premium account where you have lots of more bids per months, the proposal is the most important thing, never send generic proposal, be unique and write from scracth each of them, tell the client why they should be hire you and how you will solve the problem, be awesome.

    On Envato you have different sources, first you can write articles or tutorials and get paid while you can promote your website just adding a link to your profile there, people will like your knowledge and they will be more likely to check out your blog or website while getting paid, awesome right?

    Then you have different niches inside like ThemeForest where people sell templates, custom themes or psd sites, you should be looking for VideoHive and AudioJungle since you can sell content there, the entry level could be quite high but learn the basics, read the rules and start making money there. Also if you have a blog you can make traffic there just standing out as a seller, and if you do everything I told you, you will have different source of income working for the same objective, becoming something huge just from small different things.You can get paid with Payoneer to have physical money, they work 50% - 50% but when you have X amount of sales as a seller you account will be doing some money, the cap is 75% you, quite well.

    Social networks are super important as well, if you add everything you can create your own empire. YouTube can be great for you since it's your confort zone, you can make money just from Youtube with views and monetizing but also at the same time you can drive traffic to your blog, website or freelancer accounts, link them all together so you can build a spiderweb with all your accounts, social media, content and products.

    Your blog, email list, freelancing and social network will be the solution to your goals, I wish you the best! Go for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author andramarketing
    Hey guys! I did not sleep, I've made a course! Freshly launched!! Less than 48 hours.

    This is my course, wanted to share it with you guys. Thanks for all of your advice, I am always on my PC brainstorming, trying to put it all together. I appreciate all the affiliates here, it's requires skill, time, hard work and it is definitely for smart people

    https://www.udemy.com/make-money-with-low-budget-videos
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    Your talent... remind me to Dave Kaminski with his webvideouniversity.com
    Perhaps you can do like what he did.
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  • Hello again Andra. Well, I thought I was helping YOU, but you helped ME! I love WebVideoUniversity.com. I've already joined to take the course. Thank you!
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